Finesse Swimbaits For Early Spring Bass

Swimbaits catch giant bass but that doesn't mean you always have to throw a BIG swimbait. Today's video is all about fishing small swimbaits at key times to catch quality bass. Knowing when to downsize can be the difference between an amazing day on the water and catching nothing at all.

Don't assume that small swimbaits mean you'll catch little fish. Even the little 2" offerings catch giant bass when bass are targeting small baitfish. The 2.8 keitech, Easy Shiner and Armor Shad are all great shad and minnow imitators. Pair them with a small head that has a finesse hook and you can drop down to light line, ultralight tackle, and get a ton of bites when other anglers are struggling.

Below is a breakdown of the gear Tim discussed in the video. We're also including some of our favorite colors. While your natural inclination is to throw the ghost and pearl colors don't be afraid to mix in the bright and bold options, you'd be amazed how often a giant bass will eat white or chartreuse simply because its different.

The Swimbaits...

-Keitech 2.8 Fat Impact: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Damiki Armor Shad: http://bit.ly/2KtPDAT

-Keitech 3" Easy Shiner: http://bit.ly/2bxJK6H

-Strike King Rage Swimmer 2.75: http://bit.ly/2evZF8j

Natural Colors: Crystal Shad, Tennessee Shad, Pro Blue Red Pearl

Bold Colors: Chartreuse/Blue, SunGill, Morning Dawn, Chartreuse Shad

The Heads...

-Dirty Jigs Guppy Head with 1/0 hook: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS

-Revenge Darter Hedz: http://bit.ly/2cHMZbm

-Cool Baits Underspin: http://bit.ly/2boS7QA

All-Around Finesse Swimbait Combo...

Rod- Shimano Curado 7'1" Medium Spinning: http://bit.ly/2ydQjbi

Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7

Line- 8 lb Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

High-End Finesse Combo...

Rod- G Loomis NRX 852S JWR: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv

Reel- Shimano Exsence 3000: http://bit.ly/2iMtscV

Line- 10 lb Power Pro: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b

Leader- 8 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNj

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Tail Spinner Tricks For Spring Bass Fishing

The Tail Spin is an overlooked option for Spring bass. Its traditional use is deep water presentations around baitfish and schooling bass. Like many techniques it has been refined in recent years and a variety of new lures have hit the market to help capitalize on the shallow bite, smaller baitfish, short strikes, etc.

If you're still using a tail spinner one dimensionally its time to consider your other options. This bait can be hopped, steadily swam parallel to bottom, jigged, burned, or used to cast extreme distances to busting fish. With so many options its a wonder we don't have a tail spinner tied on every time we hit the lake.

We've found 4 tail spins that fit our fishing style the best. These baits cover all the bases and can fish in a variety of conditions. Below is a break down of the baits as well as the tackle we use to fish tailspins effectively.

The baits...

-Blade Runner Line Through Tail Spin: http://bit.ly/2UZaQXP

(Blue Shad, Iris Shad)

-Damiki Axe Blade: http://bit.ly/2w2uB9t

(Ayu, Real Shad, Crystal)

-Revenge Tail Spin: http://bit.ly/2tmR2lv

(Blue Shad, Purple Met Shad, Shad)

-Duo Realis Spin: http://bit.ly/2QKeL9X

(Black Smokey Shad, Tanago 2)

Hook Upgrades...

-Light Hook (for duo)- Owner ST-36: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

-Heavy Hook- Owner ST-56: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

-Split Rings- Hyperwire #3: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Use size 4 hook for all baits except the Duo Realis. The duo hooks are extremely small, a size 8 is best.

Great Rods For This Technique...

G Loomis GLX 842 MBR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT

Dobyns- Champion 702: http://bit.ly/2aFrSYt

Shimano- SLX 7'2" Medium: http://bit.ly/2L3wppO

Daiwa- Tatula 7' Medium Reaction: http://bit.ly/2Q4NgKA

13 Fishing- Muse 7' Medium: http://bit.ly/2xVM80V

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Tackle Prep Tips For Spring Bass Fishing

Quit waiting until the last minute! Get your tackle prepped early this year and you'll be ready for Spring. Don't wait until products are backordered in March and April to find out you're out of hooks, worms, or that favorite jerkbait. Spend a little time organizing your gear now and it will pay off in the long run.

Matt carries 4 "go boxes" with him all Spring long. Those 4 boxes contain swimbaits, treble hooks, assorted terminal tackle, and assorted hardbaits. This time of year its important to keep your tackle in waterproof boxes to avoid rust. These are the boxes we use...

-Plano Deep Waterproof Undivided Box: http://bit.ly/2WWIrU9

-Plano Deep Waterproof Divided Box: http://bit.ly/2xjccls

-Plano Standard Waterproof Divided Box: http://bit.ly/2fvjcFB

As you sort your tackle and select a variety of hard baits to carry its important to check the hooks, split rings, boxes, etc for damage. Be sure that your baits are ready for battle because in the coming weeks and months you'll need them at a moment's notice. Below is a break down of the gear Matt is carrying on board.

Swimbaits...

-S-Waver 168 and 200: http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh

-Baitsanity Explorer: http://bit.ly/2DcI1yM

-Triple Trout 8": http://bit.ly/2E8Up5P

-Sneaky Pete: http://bit.ly/2RYCPFe

-Bull Shad 6" and 7": http://bit.ly/2eJ8gWM

Treble Hooks and Split Rings...

Standard Strength- Owner ST-36: http://bit.ly/2cWpeyw

Extra Strong- Owner ST-56: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW

Angled In Points- Gamakatsu EWG: http://bit.ly/2cZrsbY

Jerkbait Trebles- Gamakatsu Finesse Nano: http://bit.ly/2dWWAut

Split Rings- Owner Hyper Wire: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Assorted Hardbaits...

-Biggie Poppa Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2ahCzvo

-Jackall TN-70 Lipless: http://bit.ly/2lqAwjh

-LV-500 Lipless: http://bit.ly/2aAUUbd

-Lucky Craft 1.5 Squarebill: http://bit.ly/2BGxKPa

-Megabass Vision 110 Jerkbait: http://bit.ly/2j31TKb

-Jackall Rerange Jerkbait: http://bit.ly/2ge0qED

A-Rig Components and Storage...

-Bladed A-Rig- http://bit.ly/2bgDGNu

-Non-Bladed A-Rig: http://bit.ly/2nD76fw

-Matt Allen Swimbait Heads (in stock this week): http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

-Keitech 4.8" Fat Swimbaits: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

-Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper Swimbaits: http://bit.ly/2bf1uEn

-Owner CPS Springs (Medium): http://bit.ly/2b2YgDf

-Plano A-Rig Storage Box: http://bit.ly/2DUvbJN

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FAIL - 10 Pound Bass Comes Off At The Boat!!

Matt hooked a truly giant bass! The giant fish tail walked up and down the side of the boat giving huge head shakes as she went. Everything looked like it was going perfectly until disaster struck! No matter how much preparation you do, sometimes the big bass get away. Let's check it out...

This fish ate a heavy flipping jig rigged with a big senko as a trailer. Its not a traditional rig but its incredibly effective! Sometimes the key to getting big bites is just showing the bass something they haven't seen before. Think outside the box this Spring and you might get your own shot at a fish of a lifetime like this.

Whether you're fishing for monster bass with a 3/4 oz jig or downsizing to a little finesse jig, trying the senko as a trailer might be worth your time. Match a big jig with a 7" senko, smaller jig with a 5 or 6", etc. Below is a breakdown of the gear used in this video.

The rig...

Jig- Dirty Jigs 3/4 oz Flipping Jig (Okeechobee 420): http://bit.ly/2fx8YBI

Trailer- Gambler 7" Fat Ace (Green Pumpkin Black Blue): http://bit.ly/2aJq2AO

The Gear...

Rod- Expride 7'6" Heavy: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Metanium DC: http://bit.ly/2qrSZvs

Line- Power Pro MaxCuatro 65 lb: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ

Leader- Maxima Ultragreen 20 lb: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Other Jigs/Trailers...

Yamamoto Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS

Yamamoto Cut Tail Worm: http://bit.ly/2iXlzPu

Football Jig 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2d0iJbd

Pitchin' Jig 1/2 oz: http://bit.ly/2amL3of

Filming Location: http://bit.ly/2MDiiVR

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